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Since its inauguration in October 1998, the mission of Earth Science Week has been to promote the understanding and appreciation of earth science, as explained by Katelyn Murtha, outreach associate at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), which coordinates the event.

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The ever-increasing number of hydraulic fracturing applications used to economically produce shale reservoirs impacts various businesses that profit from this phenomenon. Think sand mining/processing, for example.

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It soon will be time to pack up and head to Lafayette, La. for the 2014 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies meeting, hosted by the Lafayette Geological Society.

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The title says it all: Determining Hydrocarbon Distribution Using Resistivity, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Southwestern Mississippi. The purpose of the study was to investigate the TMS Trend in southwestern Mississippi using electric logs and IHS’s proprietary Petra mapping software to document the structure, stratigraphy and hydrocarbon distribution.

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The options for female geologists might not have matched those of their male counterparts in the 1930s and ‘40s, but for some women – they were opportunities nonetheless – and they deserved chasing. Helen Laura Foster, an AAPG member who is now 94, took full advantage of those opportunities.

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In their collective struggle to stay afloat, geology departments at state-run universities are calling upon industry to throw them a life preserver.

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Keith Gerdes is the current president of the AAPG European Region, and as such will be making some remarks in the opening ceremony for the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, set Sept. 14-17 in Istanbul. This article is part of a continuing EXPLORER series on the people who comprise AAPG Region leadership around the world.

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Emphasis: International Spotlight


“Spectacular geology and history, together.” That’s how AAPG Honorary member Pinar Yilmaz of ExxonMobil set the scene for the upcoming International Conference and Exhibition (ICE), set Sept., 14-17 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Ireland’s Atlantic basins harbor the potential for major oil and gas discoveries in water depths ranging from 150 to more than 2,500 meters, according to the country’s Energy and Natural Resources office. Even so, exploration activity in the Irish offshore has been sporadic over the past four decades.

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The lessons taken from U.S. shale gas successes hold major implications for China’s energy future, according to researchers at the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. The similarities and potential are explored in a paper to be presented at the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition this month in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Croatia’s call for foreign investment in the development of its largely untapped oil and gas resources recently expanded to include onshore development.

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Imagine the Mediterranean Sea drying out. Imagine the late Permian, as the Earth warmed and dried, and much of life faced extinction. Now put the two together, and you have the basis of an analog examined in the presentation “The Messinian Mediterranean Crisis: A Model for the Permian Delaware Basin?” at the upcoming AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Improved imaging technology has helped explorationists in the Sultanate of Oman reawaken a sleeping giant.

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Where did the study of geology and all other modern science begin? Look for the starting place and you might go all the way back to the ancient city of Miletus in Ionia, among Greek-speaking people living in the Aegean coastal area of present-day Turkey.

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The global contributions to geology of the late Peter Alfred Ziegler of Switzerland and the late David Gwyn Roberts of Wales made such an impact on academia and industry that two special memorial sessions have been scheduled in their honor at the AAPG’s International Conference and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey in September.

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Standing Columns

I hope this successful running of the RMS annual meeting will be an inspiration and a model to others throughout our Sections and Regions, to actively engage our young professionals and incorporate their visions of what our organization is – and what it can be – into our global vision.

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The science suggests we each have a certain amount of mental energy for daily decision-making. How we spend that energy will determine our productivity and accomplishments.
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Our industry is overwhelmingly filled with professionals who want to do the right thing the right way, yet real or suspected environmental impacts recur with some regularity.
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The purpose of this article is to describe a workflow for discriminating limestones and dolomites, and to map the lateral extent of dolomite reservoir rocks that have a thickness below the seismic resolution.
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The U.S. shale oil and gas production surge and the resulting shift of the United States from a major importer to an exporter of oil and natural gas are well known, but there is disagreement about what this means for U.S. and global energy security

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Saharan fields Hassi Messaoud (10 Gb reserves, discovered in 1956) and Hassi R’Mel (100 Tcf gas plus 2.4 Gb condensate reserves, discovered in 1957) are by far the largest oil field and the largest gas field in Africa

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Whether upcoming young professionals work with companies exploring the Atlantic Margin potential of offshore eastern Canada or the ever-challenging unconventional plays in Alberta, the stakes are high for university graduates and young professionals pursuing energy industry careers in Canada.

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AAPG Young Professionals (YPs) in the Asia-Pacific Region are quickly moving toward establishing a strong YP group in Indonesia.

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From providing endowments for university students to have the latest in digital mapping resources at their fingertips to funding master’s and doctorate level research in the lab and field through the Grants-in-Aid program, Foundation supporters have multiplied their reach by affording opportunities for others on a global scale.

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